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Mugabe finally laid to rest in rural Zimbabwe village

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:30 AM

Hundreds of mourners assemble for the burial, which was initially intended to be a private family event

HOME. The coffin of former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe arrives for his burial at his home village in Kutama, on 28 September 2019. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Mugabe's body moved to rural home ahead of weekend burial

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:43 PM

After weeks of wrangling between government and his family over the final resting place for the country's founding leader, the Mugabes have opted to entomb him at his birthplace and rural home

HOME. Villagers look at the coffin of late former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe lying in state at Murombedzi Growth Point, about 107 km northwest of Harare, Zimbabwe, on September 16, 2019, as people have been accorded the opportunity to view Mugabe's body a week after his death. File photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Mugabe's body heads for wake in home village

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe will be taken to his home village of Kutama

Divided Zimbabwe bids farewell to Mugabe with state funeral

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) Mugabe, who died last week in Singapore aged 95, leaves Zimbabwe torn over the legacy of his 37-year rule marked by brutal repression and economic crisis

REMEMBERING MUGABE. An artist sits among portraits, among them some of late former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, as people gather for viewing the body of Robert Mugabe lying in state during a public send off at the Rufaro Stadium in Harare on September 13, 2019. Photo by Jekesai Nijikizana/AFP

Mugabe's family agree to burial at 'heroes' monument

Sep 13, 2019 - 9:24 PM

Robert Mugabe's nephew says the traditional chiefs in Mugabe's homestead have made the decision

PAYING TRIBUTE. The sons of Zimbabwe's former President, the late Robert Mugabe, Robert Junior (L), Chatunga (2R) and her sister Regina Gata stand near the helicopter carrying the casket of Mugabe at Rufaro stadium on September 13, 2019 where his body lays in state for a second day. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Mugabe family sets burial for home village, not 'Heroes' shrine

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Some family members are still bitter over Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe's ouster and the role his former ally President Emmerson Mnangagwa played

HOME. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (C-R) stands by former first lady Grace Mugabe (C-L) at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare after the arrival of the body of former President Robert Mugabe on September 11, 2019.Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Mugabe's body arrives home for burial in divided Zimbabwe

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(4th UPDATE) Around two thousand supporters, family members, and government officials were on the tarmac at Harare airport to welcome Robert Mugabe's remains

HOME. Pall bearers walk by the casket of late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe as it arrives in Harare on September 11, 2019. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Mugabe's body may return home next week – family

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:34 PM

A delegation is set to collect Robert Mugabe's body from Singapore

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters to show support to Grace Mugabe becoming the party's next Vice President after the dismissal of Emerson Mnangagwa November 8 2017. Zimbabwe's sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on November 8, 2017, he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

Allies hail Mugabe, UK brands him 'autocrat'

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Here is a selection of top world reactions to the death of Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe

WORLD REACTION. A Kenyan woman watches news with the headline on the death of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, at an electronics shop in Nairobi on September 6, 2019. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Robert Mugabe: Liberation hero turned despot

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:03 PM

First heralded as a liberator who rid the former British colony Rhodesia of white-minority rule, Mugabe is now remembered a despot who crushed political dissent and ruined Zimbabwe's economy

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaking during the burial of two national heroines, Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita, at the National Heroes Acre, in Harare. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on July 27, 2016 launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's ruthless ex-president, dies aged 95

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:31 PM

(5th UPDATE) 'Mugabe was an icon of liberation.... His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten,' says Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa

END OF ERA. File photo of former Zimbabwe President Mugabe. Photo by Jekesai Njikazana/AFP

Ailing Mugabe now unable to walk, says Zimbabwe president

Nov 25, 2018 - 4:30 AM

'He now is unable to walk but whatever he asks for we will provide,' says President Emmerson Mnangagwa

CLAIM. Former Zimbabwe President Mugabe addresses the media in Harare on July 29, 2018 during a surprise press conference on the eve of the country's first election since he was ousted from office last year. Photo by Jekesai Njikazana/AFP

Zimbabwe opposition in court over post-vote violence

Aug 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Newly-elected President Emmerson Mnangagwa accused the opposition of instigating Wednesday's protests over alleged vote fraud where troops opened fire on demonstrators, killing 6

A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in the country's election. Protests in Zimbabwe's historic elections turned bloody on August 1 as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and the president appealed for calm. The man died after soldiers fired live ammunition during opposition protests in downtown Harare, AFP reporters saw.  / AFP PHOTO / Zinyange AUNTONY

Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe's 1st post-Mugabe election

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:38 AM

Moments before the official announcement, MDC spokesman Morgan Komichi denounces the vote count as 'fake' as he took to the stage at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission results center before being removed by police

WINNER. In this file photo, Zimbabwe President and candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa stands after casting his ballot at Sherwood Primary School in Kwekwe on July 30 2018, during Zimbabwe's 2018 general elections to elect the president and members of Parliament. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe warns of crackdown after opposition vote protests

Aug 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Police confirm the death toll of 3, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa issues a statement blaming the opposition for the unrest and fatalities

PROTEST. A vendor scurries for cover with her wares as soldiers disperse demonstrators on August 1 2018, in Harare, after protests erupted over alleged fraud in Zimbabwe's election. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Zimbabwe's Mugabe hopes his former party will lose election

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:42 PM

'I hope the choice or the voting which will be done tomorrow... will thrust away the military form of government and bring us back to constitutionality,' Zimbabwe's former president says

Fraud risk looms over Zimbabwe's post-Mugabe election

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:09 PM

President Emmerson Mnangagwa faces opposition leader Nelson Chamisa of the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) party in a landmark vote for the southern African nation

Mugabe in Singapore for health check – report

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:12 PM

A Zimbabwe newspaper says the country's 94-year-old ex-ruler 'slipped out of the country 2 weeks ago after his blood pressure suddenly rose to dangerous levels'

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaking during the burial of two national heroines, Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita, at the National Heroes Acre, in Harare. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on July 27, 2016 launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Zimbabwe's new president urges public unity as cabinet sworn in

Dec 04, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Mnangagwa: 'I have sworn in a new cabinet just to finish the term of the former president, which is a period of 6 to 7 months'

NEW LEADER. This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe's new president dissolves Mugabe cabinet

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Emmerson Mnangagwa 'is in the process of putting together a new team of cabinet ministers,' Misheck Sibanda, the chief secretary to the president and cabinet says

NEW LEADER. New interim Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after he was officially sworn-in during a ceremony in Harare on November 24, 2017. Mujahid Safodien/AFP

China hails new Zimbabwe leader, denies role in transition

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:05 PM

Calling the visit of Zimbabwe army chief General Constantine Chiwenga a pre-arranged and 'normal interaction,' foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang denies any involvement in Zimbabwean politics

OATH-TAKING. Newly sworn in Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) takes the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare, on November 24, 2017 during the Inauguration ceremony. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

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Nov 26, 2017 - 1:13 PM

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Zimbabwe court says military takeover was legal

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:17 PM

However, some experts raise concerns about judicial independence, following the High Court's decision on the takeover that led to Robert Mugabe's ouster

HIGH COURT RULING. In this file photo, Zimbabwean soldiers stand by an intersection as they regulate civilian traffic in front of the High Court of Zimbabwe in Harare on November 15, 2017. Photo by AFP

Zimbabwe war veterans at heart of Mugabe's downfall

Nov 25, 2017 - 1:57 PM

Just before the president stepped down, war veterans' leader Christopher Mutsvangwa called further street protests, telling Mugabe "Smell the coffee. Your time is up."

WELCOME. Supporters hold a banner, wave the Zimbabwean national flag and cheer as they gather to welcome Zimbabwe's incoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa upon his arrival at Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on November 22, 2017. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana / AFP

The week in photos: November 18-24, 2017

Nov 25, 2017 - 9:50 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Models celebrate during the 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe president

Nov 24, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover

OATH-TAKING. Newly sworn in Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa (left) takes the oath of office at the national sports stadium on the outskirts of Harare, on November 24, 2017 during the Inauguration ceremony. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

Zimbabwe's next leader prepares to take power

Nov 23, 2017 - 2:41 PM

A former key Robert Mugabe ally, Emmerson Mnangagwa had fled the country after his dismissal, saying he would not return without guarantees for his safety

BACK IN HARARE. Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks at Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare on November 22, 2017. Zinyange Auntony/AFP

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Nov 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

Joy unleashed on streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:33 AM

Across the capital city, men danced, women sang and many were in tears, brandishing national flags

OUT. People remove, from the wall at the International Conference center, where parliament had their sitting, the portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after his resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe: Liberation hero turned hated despot

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Biographer Martin Meredith: 'His real obsession was not with personal wealth but with power... Year after year Mugabe sustained his rule through violence and repression'

FROM HERO TO DESPOT. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony / AFP

Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:26 AM

(UPDATED) On the streets, the news sparks wild celebrations, with car horns being honked and people erupting into ecstatic cheers and frenzied dancing.

JUBILATION. Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe's resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe lawmakers begin historic debate on Mugabe impeachment

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:45 PM

Zimbabwe Parliament speaker Jacob Mubenda authorizes a joint session of the House of Assembly and the Senate to debate a motion to impeach the man who is the only leader most Zimbabweans have ever known.

SCUFFLE. Zimbabwean plainclothes policemen intervene to stop a scuffle between Zimbabwean opposition and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters and Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) supporters outside the Zimbabwean parliament on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Ousted Zimbabwe deputy president asks Mugabe to resign

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Emmerson Mnangagwa says he has rejected an invitation by Mugabe to return home to discuss the current political situation

FIRED DEPUTY. This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare.  Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Army appeals for calm as Mugabe faces impeachment test

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:49 AM

Lawmakers from his ruling ZANU-PF party say that they will take the first steps to force Mugabe from office after he ignored their ultimatum to resign

MILITARY LEADERS> Zimbabwe's Commander Defense Forces General Constatntino Guveya Chiwenga (C) speaks during a press conference at the Tongogara Barracks on November 20, 2017 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Noon deadline for defiant Mugabe passes as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Even Mugabe's once-loyal ZANU-PF party warns it would impeach Robert Mugabe if he does not quit. The party has yet to comment on its next steps now that deadline passed.

GO NOW. Leader of the Zimbabwe's War Veterans Association Christopher Mutsvangwa speaks during a press conference in Harare where he called again for the resignation of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

Nov 20, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Robert Mugabe faces the threat of impeachment by his own party after his shock insistence he still holds power despite a military takeover and a deadline

HOLDING ON TO POWER. This photograph taken on November 19, 2017, shows a television broadcasting Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech in Harare, following a meeting with army chiefs who have seized power in Zimbabwe. Stringer/AFP

Mugabe must resign or be impeached – ruling party

Nov 19, 2017 - 9:54 PM

The ZANU-PF party gives Robert Mugabe by midday Monday to decide

EMBATTLED. In this file photo, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks during the burial of two national heroines on April 13, 2016. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Mugabe ousted as ruling party chief as end nears

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ZANU-PF party also says it will impeach Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe if he does not resign by Monday, November 20

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters to show support to Grace Mugabe becoming the party's next Vice President after the dismissal of Emerson Mnangagwa November 8 2017. Zimbabwe's sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on November 8, 2017, he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe era fades

Nov 18, 2017 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) Barely clinging on to power now, Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since 1980

PROTESTS. People wave a Zimbabwean national flag and carry banners during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Zimbabwe's president on November 18, 2017 in Harare. Photo by AFP

Mugabe makes first public appearance since army takeover

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:29 PM

(UPDATED) The AFP reports that in a display of defiance, Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe arrived at graduation ceremony in Harare dressed in a blue academic gown and tasselled hat

Ousted VP returns to Zimbabwe as Mugabe clings on

Nov 17, 2017 - 3:29 PM

(UPDATED) An unnamed aide adds Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is a potential successor to President Robert Mugabe, had returned on Thursday, November 16, after nearly a week abroad

THE VICE PRESIDENT RETURNS. This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Stunned Zimbabweans face uncertain future without Mugabe

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Zimbabweans are weighing an uncertain future without President Robert Mugabe after the army took power and placed the 93-year-old veteran under house arrest

SPECIAL EDITION. A man reads the front page of a special edition of The Herald newspaper about the crisis in Zimbabwe with the headline 'No military takeover - ZDF' on November 15, 2017 in Harare. AFP photo

Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe's leader in waiting?

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Nicknamed 'Ngwena' (The Crocodile) because of his fearsome power and ruthlessness, the 75-year-old has a reputation for taking no prisoners

NEXT LEADER. This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare. Zimbabwe is under the control of the military on November 15, 2017, two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party's senior ranks. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) Military vehicles block roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers deliver a late-night television address to the nation

UNDER HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Power slips from Mugabe as military steps in

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Tensions between the 93-year-old leader and the military that has been a key buttress to his reign have intensified in recent days

WHERE'S ROBERT? In this file photo, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses party members and supporters gathered at his party headquarters, November 8 2017. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Sacked Zimbabwe leader flees in exile, vows to defy Mugabe

Nov 08, 2017 - 10:59 PM

Mnangagwa is the leading contender to succeed long-running Robert Mugabe, 93, but his abrupt removal seems to clear the way for the president's wife Grace to take over as president

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during the funeral ceremony of Peter Chanetsa at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.  Zimbabwe's Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired, according to the Information Minister on November 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

Zimbabwe arrests U.S. woman for Mugabe goblin twitter jibe

Nov 03, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Human rights lawyers say Zimbabwean police arrests an American citizen for apparently tweeting that President Robert Mugabe is a 'goblin whose wife and step-son bought a Rolls Royce'

WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcry

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes back his decision after the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe sparks outrage

This file photo taken on April 13, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaking during the burial of two national heroines, Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita, at the National Heroes Acre, in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Zimbabwe's Mugabe wins party support for 2018 election

Dec 18, 2016 - 12:39 AM

The endorsement which is likely to result in his 36 year rule being extended was greeted with thunderous applause by thousands of party faithful

Zimbabwean President and Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe (L) and his wife Grace greets delegates during the official opening of the 6th Peoples Congress of Zanu-PF in Harare on December 4, 2014. Jekesai Nijikizama/AFP

Zimbabwe hospital suspends surgery as drugs run out

Sep 19, 2016 - 7:29 PM

Harare Central Hospital the country s second biggest says it will focus only on emergencies intensive care and maternity cases